Detail of fabric work by Jocelyn Arruda


I wish to lose myself surrounded by objects with quiet memories. Growing up, I could feel that power most in the quilts and blankets draped over the back of every couch and armchair. Each has been made by a woman in my family, a grandmother or an aunt who filled it with the scent of her soul that will never quite wash away. I am still finding my place in this tradition, exploring how to create a space for myself where I can preserve my own sense of being and still contentedly fall into the anonymity that comes as memory fades but objects remain. I draw inspiration from traditional quilting patterns and techniques and combine them with unconventional piecing methods to distort the perception of domestic space and objects.